National Security

One road in & out - how did Chaguaramas killers escape?

Gangsters who unleashed gunfire at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk could have been apprehended easily if all law enforcement arms had been working in tandem, a top-level security expert disclosed today.

The source who requested anonymity said the escape of the men who killed Fabien “Super” Williams, 32, of Sea View Hill, Kedel Osbourne, 18, from Sea View Hill, Carenage, and 39-year-old Andrew Francis, of Mamoral, occurred because of a lack of coordination.

Cerron Richards' suspension lifted

The Public Service Commission has lifted the suspension of Prison Officers Association President Cerron Richards.

According to a release from the Service Commission Department, the order of suspension on Richards which took effect in September 2016 has been lifted and he will be allowed to resume duty with immediate effect.

House to debate motion on 2nd-ranked COP nominee

Government has changed its mind and agreed to debate the new notification for nomination of acting DCP Harold Phillip for the post of Commissioner of Police after the Police Service Commission (PSC) cited several reasons why the matter should be debated.

On Tuesday, Government had refused to entertain debate on the notification, but within 24 hours, agreed to debate the matter next Monday.

The turnabout came after Government—belatedly—perused recent information from PSC chairman Bliss Seepersad on notification of Philip’s nomination.

TTMA applauds Govt, Opposition for passing Anti-Terrorism Bill

The Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association is commending the Government and Opposition on the passage of the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

The TTMA says it notes, "with extreme satisfaction, the agreement reached between the Government and the Opposition regarding the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill yesterday in the Lower House".

Police use force to end standoff at Immigration Detention Centre

Riot police were called to the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) in Aripo yesterday after a “normal” demonstration by frustrated Nigerian detainees turned into a hostage-like situation.

Immigration and police officers on duty around 3.30 pm had to send out an “SOS” call to their colleagues after the group of detainees crowded the south and north corridors of the centre in protest over what they called their “unlawful detention” and inhumane conditions.

Prison officers to pay for unjust injuries to inmates

Justice Frank Seepersad says members of the protective services should be held more accountable for instances where they use excessive force against citizens.

He made the statement during a hearing at the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday, in which he reassessed the compensation due to prisoner Shahleem Mohammed, who was beaten by a prison officer in 2010.

Stating that such “reprehensible conduct” is too prevalent in T&T, Seepersad suggested that it would continue to occur as long as the State continues to bear the responsibility of paying compensation to victims.

US official: Let nationals who travelled to ISIS territories come home

Director of Office of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at US Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism, Irfan Saeed, is lobbying Government to allow citizens who travelled to ISIS conflict zones in the Middle East, in particular women and children, to return home if they desire. Once here, however, he said Government should give them support so they can go on to re-establish their lives where possible.